Grand Valley State University has announced a week full of events to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. beginning Monday, January 21.

Most events are on January 21, the day of the national holiday. This is the seventh year classes have been cancelled at GVSU on the holiday. This year's theme is #BreaktheSilence.

Monday, January 21

• 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Upcycling, Kirkhof Center, Pere Marquette Room

• 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Workshop: Back to Reality: Finding Our Freedom through Storytelling, Kirkhof Center, room 2215/2216

• 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.: Free Campus Lunch, Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room

• 1 p.m.: Silent March to Fieldhouse, assemble at Zumberge Hall

• 1:30 p.m.: Keynote Presentation by Dr. David Stovall, Fieldhouse. Stovall is a professor of African American studies and criminology, law and justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Stovall studies the influence of race in urban education, community development, and housing. His work investigates the significance of race in the quality of schools located in communities that are changing both racially and economically.

• 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion, #BreaktheSilence, Kirkhof Center, rooms 2215/2216

Wednesday, January 23

• 4:30 p.m.: Keynote Presentation by Shannon Cohen, Kirkhof Center, Pere Marquette Room

• 6 p.m.: Democracy 101 Series: “This is What Democracy Looks Like! #Breaking the Silence and the Living Legacy of MLK,” Mary Idema Pew Library, multipurpose room.

Thursday, January 24

• 7 p.m.: Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf: "Thomas Jefferson, Slavery, and the Moral Imagination," Eberhard Center, room 215. RSVP here.

Saturday, January 26

• 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity. Students will meet at the Cook-DeWitt Center, hear a keynote presentation, then participate in service projects.

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